From today, Singapore Airlines is adding three weekly flights between Singapore and Brisbane. From July, the service will become three times daily, with a further four weekly flights added.
The new flights will operate every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from today, before increasing to daily from 2 July 2008. The first of these flights departed Singapore at 0010hrs and arrived in Brisbane at 0935hrs. In the opposite direction, SQ256 took off from Brisbane at 0930hrs and touched down at Singapore Changi Airport at 1530hrs.
Like all services to Brisbane, the new flights will be operated using a Boeing 777-200 aircraft. These aircraft are popular with air cargo forwarders as they can accomodate standard ULDs under the floor and carry up to 24 tonnes in addition to the passenger load.
The new southbound services to Brisbane will provide more connections for customers from north Asia (including Japan, Korea, China and Hong Kong) as well as South East Asia. Northbound, the flight will provide good connections to Singapore Airlines’ network throughout South East Asia and India.
“Brisbane is the centre of one of Australia’s most attractive tourist regions. Demand for flights to Brisbane has been growing over the past few years, as many overseas visitors seek access to the tourist attractions it has to offer – the famous Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast, and areas to the north, like Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef, which all use the Brisbane gateway,” said Mr.
“In building our frequencies on this route, we are committing to work closely with Tourism Queensland and the Queensland Government, which are both very supportive of the long-standing relationship we have with the state’s tourism industry.”
The services are also expected to find good support from Queensland’s burgeoning fresh food export industry.
Besides Brisbane (three times daily from 2 July), the Singapore Airlines network to Australia also includes Adelaide(daily), Melbourne (three times daily), Perth (19x times) and Sydney (four times daily from June). All Singapore Airlines flights to Australia depart from Changi Airport Terminal 3.